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Basic Training

Get started with Basic Training, open to dogs older than five months.

For dogs 5 months and older, Basic Training (formerly known as Basic Obedience) builds the foundation for all future training.

Level 1: Begin your training journey in this class. While learning basic skills, you'll also strengthen your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking.

Level 2: This class builds upon skills learned in Level 1. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn more advanced cues such as heel, come, leave it, and how to practice longer stays. To participate in Level 2, dogs must be a graduate of AWS Basic Training Level 1 or an equivalent obedience/manners group class or receive permission from the instructor.

Unless otherwise noted, both Level 1 and Level 2 classes are forty-five minutes long and last for four weeks.

* In-person Basic Training Level 1 and 2 classes are not for dogs that exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors or have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits this type of behavior, visit our specialty class listings, enroll in one of our online classes or consider a private consultation. You may email or call us at (207) 985-3244 ext 111 for more information on the training services and programs we may be able to offer you and your dog.

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June 2022

Basic Training Level 1: Sunday, June 12 – July 17 @ 3:15 PM

This is a four week, 45-minute class. NO CLASS JULY 4th WEEKEND.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
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$105

Open to dogs 5 months and older. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Laura DesMarais, ABCDT *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits this type of behavior,…

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Basic Training Level 1: Sunday, June 12 – July 17 @ 4:30 PM

This is a four week, 45-minute event. NO CLASS JULY 4th WEEKEND.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
+ Google Map
$105

Open to dogs 5 months and older. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Laura DesMarais, ABCDT *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits this type of…

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Basic Training Level 1: Tuesday, June 14 – July 12 @ 5:45 PM

This is a four week, 45-minute class. NO CLASS TUESDAY, JULY 5th
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
+ Google Map
$105

Open to dogs 5 months and older. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Laura DesMarais, ABCDT *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits this type of…

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Basic Training Level 1: Saturday, June 18 – July 16 @ 10 AM

This is a four week, 45-minute class. NO CLASS JULY 4th WEEKEND.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
+ Google Map
$105

Open to dogs 5 months and older. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Kim VanSickle, CPDT-KA *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits this type of…

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Basic Training Level 1: Wednesday, June 29 – July 20 @ 4:30 PM

This is a four week, 45-minute class.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
+ Google Map
$105

Open to dogs 5 months and older. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Laura DesMarais, ABCDT *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits this type of…

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Basic Training Level 2: Thursday, June 30 – July 21 @ 5:45 PM

This is a four week, 45-minute class.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
+ Google Map
$105

This class builds upon skills learned in Level 1. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn more advanced cues such as heel, come, leave it, and how to practice longer stays. | Instructor: Brenda Horowitz, CPDT-KA *To participate in Level 2, dogs must be a graduate of AWS Basic Training Level 1, an equivalent obedience/manners group class or permission from the instructor. **In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be…

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July 2022

Basic Training Level 2: Wednesday, July 6 – July 27 @ 11 AM

This is a four week, 45-minute class.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
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$115

This class builds upon skills learned in Level 1. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn more advanced cues such as heel, come, leave it, and how to practice longer stays. | Instructor: Melissa McCue-McGrath, CPDT-KA *To participate in Level 2, dogs must be a graduate of AWS Basic Training Level 1, an equivalent obedience/manners group class or permission from the instructor. **In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be…

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Basic Training Level 1: Monday, July 11 – Aug 1 @ 10 AM

This is a four week, 45-minute class.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
+ Google Map
$115

Open to dogs 5 months and older. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Laura DesMarais, ABCDT *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits this type of…

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Small Breed Basic Training Level 1: Monday, July 11 – Aug 1 @ 4:30 PM

This is a four week, 45-minute class.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
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$115

Open to dogs 5 months and older and under 25lbs. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Brenda Horowitz, CPDT-KA *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits…

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Basic Training Level 1:Tuesday, July 19 – Aug 9 @ 5:45 PM

This is a four week, 45-minute class.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
+ Google Map
$115

Open to dogs 5 months and older. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Laura DesMarais, ABCDT *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits this type of…

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Basic Training Level 1: Sunday, July 24 – Aug 14 @ 3:15 PM

This is a four week, 45-minute class.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
+ Google Map
$115

Open to dogs 5 months and older. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Laura DesMarais, ABCDT *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits this type of…

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Basic Training Level 1: Thursday, July 28 – Aug 18 @ 5:45 PM

This is a four week, 45-minute class.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
+ Google Map
$115

Open to dogs 5 months and older. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Brenda Horowitz, CPDT-KA *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits this type of…

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August 2022

Basic Training Level 1: Friday, Aug 5 – Aug 26 @ 10 AM

This is a four week, 45-minute event.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
+ Google Map
$115

Open to dogs 5 months and older. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Brenda Horowitz, CPDT-KA *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits this type of…

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Basic Training Level 2: Monday, Aug 8 – Aug 29 @ 10 AM

This is a four week, 45-minute class.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
+ Google Map
$115

This class builds upon skills learned in Level 1. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn more advanced cues such as heel, come, leave it, and how to practice longer stays. | Instructor: Laura DesMarais, ABCDT *To participate in Level 2, dogs must be a graduate of AWS Basic Training Level 1, an equivalent obedience/manners group class or permission from the instructor. *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be…

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Small Breed Basic Training Level 1: Monday, Aug 8 – Aug 29 @ 4:30 PM

This is a four week, 45-minute class.
Training Classroom – Inside, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
+ Google Map
$115

Open to dogs 5 months and older and under 25lbs. Build the foundation for all your future training while also strengthening your relationship with your dog. Through positive reinforcement, teams will learn basic cues such as sit, down, stay and loose leash walking. | Instructor: Brenda Horowitz, CPDT-KA *In-person Basic Training group classes are for dogs that do not exhibit aggressive or reactive behaviors. This class may also be too overwhelming for dogs that have extreme shyness. If your dog exhibits…

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